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we are pleased to announce our
seventh annual

Winner: 75$
Runner-Up: 60$

About us: Bonafides and Circulation
meet the Defenestrationism family
Masthead: meet the editors

Submission for the 2021 FLASH SUITE Contest will open
Labor Day, 2020, which is September 7th,
to close November 1st, 2020

View the 2020 finalists
view 2019 Finalists
view 2018 finalists
view 2017 finalists
view 2016 finalists
view the 2015 finalists
view the 2014 finalists

What is a Flash Suite, you may ask.

Our team defines, albeit loosely, a flash suite as follows,

“A series of at least three flash fiction works that correlate, and build to something greater.  Recurring characters, extended motifs, harmonious subject matters, and/or sustained narrative are such correlations– but we encourage innovation and new ideas.”

Go crazy with it, kids, flash your faces off.

Finalists are selected by owner, co-editor Paul-Newell Reaves
and co-editor Tara Campbell.

These finalists are then published daily, before winners are announced,
followed by at least two weeks of Fan Voting.

Winners are selected by our panel of four Judges, with Fan Voting counting as an additional judge vote.

Meet the Judges

Expect harsh words of criticism if guidelines are not followed.
Otherwise, we’re all lovey-dovey.


-Grammar is no list of rules, no series of hoops.  Punctuation is an art form, remember that– punctuate like there’s no tomorrow.
Edit, comrades, edit till there is no editing left to be done.  We ask you go through at least TEN read-through edits before submitting.
-Incomplete sentences must serve an obvious purpose, toward narrative or character development, dialogue, theme or style.
-Word limit of 1,000 for each individual piece of flash.  The entire suite combines each 1,000-or-less word piece into a longer work– which may be any reasonable length.
-Flash fiction in suites, not a short story divided into parts. Each individual piece of flash should function as a stand alone work, while still building, correlating, and what have you, within the larger suite.  Short stories may be submitted to the Defenestrationism !Short Story Contest! in the summer.
-Titles: we find titles frequently distinguish the best Flash Suites, especially with more abstract works.  We highly recommend individual titles for each piece of flash, and a general title for the total work.
-Please, please, no Zombie fiction.  We do not encourage work whose central theme is the braindead.  All other Sci-Fi, Fantasy and stories of Dis-reality– provided it is imaginative and different– will be considered.
-A single piece of the suite may have been published before, otherwise, no previously published material.
-Seriously, you should edit more. Here are our Editing Tips

MUST– email Subject: FLASH SUITE Contest
— that’s

Include a PHONE NUMBER, in case our emails end up in your spam.
In no way will this number be distributed or published.

PDFs not preferred– difficult to transcribe to our site.

Feel free to complement us on our concrete and exact guidelines.  Most of the worst writing we’ve had the displeasure of reading comes from editors trying to explain and individualize their tastes for a publication.

We adhere closely to the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics.
Do not submit if you have or have had any affiliation with any Judges.

We require only Electronic Rights, including Electronic Archival Rights.  Author maintains all Future Rights.  This works for us, and for you, and for the future of internet publications.


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